The 4,000-seat Cedar Rapids Ice Arena (CRIA) offers two sheets of ice (one Olympic, one NHL) for the enjoyment of Cedar Rapids citizens and visitors. Many events have been held at the ice arena over the years, from USHL games to youth hockey games, figure skating training and speed skating practices, curling, state wrestling and volleyball competitions, and high school graduations. The facility offers skate rental and sharpening services.
The CRIA is home to the RoughRiders, a Junior A USHL-sanctioned hockey team coached by Mark Carlson. Established in 1999, the RoughRiders won the Clark Cup in 2004-05 and the Anderson Cup in 2004-05 as well as 2010-11.
The CRIA employs a Hockey Director and Skating Director. The ice arena oversees several figure skating, public skate, learn-to-skate, and youth house league hockey programs as well as competitive adult league hockey programs. Seasonally the ice arena will also offer special sessions including power skating, individual skills training, and coordinated 3-on-3 play. Various camps also make the rounds to the ice arena in the summer, with the Greg Carter European Hockey Camp among those providing specialized training. Visit the ice arena website for more information about its programs.
Nicknamed “The Stable,” the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena is located at 1100 Rockford Road SW in Cedar Rapids. One of the parking lots is shared between the CRIA and Veterans Memorial Stadium, home of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, a farm baseball team for the Minnesota Twins. The Cedar Rapids indoor football team, the Titans, was headquartered in the ice arena until spring 2013 when it relocated to a new multi-purpose facility in downtown Cedar Rapids, the U.S. Cellular Center. Contact information for the general manager, hockey director, and other staff is available on the CRIA website.
Below are a few listings of some restaurants, stores, and hotels that may be helpful if you are visiting the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.
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